Arlington High Suspends Student for Tweeting STAAR Test Photo, Inspires Predictable Backlash

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Texas has never played around when it comes to its standardized tests, and the STAAR exam, the new assessment whose rigor is currently the center of debate in the state legislature, is no different. As one of the primary ways the state evaluates educational outcomes, and thus ensures accountability, the security, and therefore integrity, of the test is paramount. One can't just leave boxes of the exams sitting unattended in a public high school hallway. And one certainly can't have students tweeting innocuous photos of the mostly blank essay portion of the test.

As WFAA's Monika Diaz reported last night, Arlington High School junior Kyron Birdie did exactly that. "I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness," he wrote on the otherwise clean sheet of lined paper, adding a smiley face and, in bold letters, "YOLO." He then snapped a picture and tweeted it at the Texas Education Agency and Arlington ISD.

The tweet was intended as an innocuous protest against unnecessary standardized testing. He and any other Texas students who entered ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year are still evaluated on the TAKS test. They're still required to take the STAAR, but mainly so the state can get data they can use to tweak the test before it really matters. As Kyron points out in his exceptionally brief essay, the test doesn't benefit him.

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Arlington ISD didn't think the protest innocuous. Citing a breach of test security, school officials promptly alerted the TEA, pulled Kyron out of class, called his mom, and gave him a four-day, on-campus suspension. This, the district explained in a statement to WFAA, is in keeping with established disciplinary policy.

The district was no doubt trying to discourage other students from tweeting pictures of the STAAR test, but the rather harsh punishment has transformed Kyron from irreverent high school kid to prisoner of conscience. Just check out the #FreeKyron hashtag on Twitter.

Kyron himself is unapologetically basking in the attention.

Maybe not Selma or Stonewall, but we'll say this: The kid's got moxie.

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ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

How come fetuses have so many rights, but kids are subject to all kinds of tyranny when they walk into a school???

allaboutthemoney
allaboutthemoney

You do realize that school districts get paid to give the field test versions of STAAR, TAKS, etc. Only 300 students in a specific grade have to test for the district to get paid. That's why DISD always field tests but financially smart districts don't.


You also realize that the "street" smart kids bring two phones to to testing. One to turn in and one to text/google on. 

thecardhasbeenplayed
thecardhasbeenplayed

Ok, now Dallas is Atlanta and Atlanta is DISD:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/us/atlanta-cheating-scandal-jailing-educators.html?hpw

Here in Big D, we give our cheaters promotions and money or let them skip town to another school district. How about if they had to report down to the court house? Where are those former Pcard thieves--promoted!

Miles wants money for test scores? How long, oh Lord, will this continue? And Miles wants pay for performance based on test scores?

When DISD administrators are caught, they don't even get a slap on the wrist. Apparently Atlanta teachers and administrators thought they would be rescued from their foul deeds. They had already fired the whistleblowers--another Dallas and Sandy Kress trick.

WhatTheHey
WhatTheHey

So the consensus of some educators is that these tests are bad practice, but since they are not "allowed" to fail students anymore, the test is supposed to catch the laggards before they leave high school?

And this passes what smell test?

If you don't have the guts to fail kids who refuse to produce and think your principal will take it out on you for doing your job, might want to have a lesson ready on Mr. RICO for your principal. When your principal calls you in for a conference on your high failure rate, squawk RICO, RICO as loud as you can. Ask him/her if they want to go on the record asking you to change grades. Ask if they want to visit you in prison since you don't want to be a teacher who loses his/her credentials for participating in grade fraud.

Start crying. Start screaming.

But quit giving in to kids, quit giving phony grades, and quit making excuses for these tests.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

STAAR testing today.

Multiple kids either did not bring a lunch or did not bring money for lunch or hate the lunch provided by the school.  One kid brought a bag of Twizzlers; another brought a bag of chips.  But it's the teachers' fault kids don't do well on the tests.  NONE in the room where I monitored had eaten breakfast.  They don't like the school food.

At least 3 in my room fell asleep; they were up late, they said.  But it's the teachers' fault the kids don't do well on the tests.

One disturbed child in another room started a fight and was kicked out; security officers were called.  But it's the teachers' fault the kids don't do well on the tests.

The tests are worthless.  Did the student fail because they weren't taught, or did they fail because they were too tired to care about the test, because they haven't eaten in 18 hours, because some kid started a fight in the room or because they don't have glasses and can't really see?  

The tests are expensive, they don't assess whether or not the student has been taught, and private school kids get into fantastic colleges without ever wasting time on the tests.

Tomorrow, the kids will be given back the answer sheets and test booklets they used today.  The smart ones will quietly and slyly go back and change answers for the questions they missed today.  Some have teachers who told them to do it.  "Go home, google the questions that stumped you, see the answer, and change the answer on day 2."  Honest teachers end up looking like bad teachers.

It's Assessment Kabuki and Pearson is getting rich off of it with our tax dollars.

Kyron could start a movement and end this bs in a week.  He was suspended for embarrassing the school.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

That response is kind of funny, but let's stop acting like it takes much effort to complete an essay.  The other comments show that in the middle of a work day, it's not too hard to to come up with a semi coherent answer to any topic.  So he's a smart ass and the school administrator doesn't have a sense of humor about this (which is understandable as they have some pressure).  I would be more impressed if he had actually written an essay on the uselessness of the test.

But hey, the only reason why we have these tests is to limit the number of completely illiterate fools we graduate.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

News Alert:

Private school kids don’t take the STAAR test.  They are not state required.  Private schools know that the STAAR test is simply a money making scheme for the vendors of the test.

Private schools focus on two things: 1) providing a quality education to their students; and 2) preparing their students for college.  They don’t give a HANG about enriching vendors’ pockets unless it actually benefits the kids and is responsive to parents’ expectations.

I’m not here to make any type of argument that we should privatize public education.  That is not something I believe.  But I am here to say that private schools are more responsive to students’ education needs because if the parents are paying tuition, the parents have a skin in the game and demand results.

If more public school parents were more active in educating themselves about the issues and more active about voting administrators who substitute test taking for education (i.e. Miles), more public schools would have better educated students.

Ashley Richardson
Ashley Richardson

And as the say: those who can't teach pass educational laws.

Ashley Richardson
Ashley Richardson

Brian, great comment. As a public school teacher who has proctored and administered numerous standardized tests, there shouldn't have been any cell phones whatsoever in the testing room, and that teacher will most certainly receive some sort of punishment.

wicks8
wicks8

These tests are required by lawmakers. The schools and educators have no choice in the issue. Schools and districts are then unfortunately judged by the test results. A school that has a student treat these tests with such apathy isn't proving a point to the ones that need to know, but instead hurt the school's performance which ultimately result in loss of funds and teacher jobs. While most educators agree in the pointlessness of the test, this 15-minute Hero's actions will cause major consequences for the school and district that have to, by law, administer such tests.

I hope people can understand that this isn't an issue about poor administration but he blatantly broke rules that were explained verbatim from the testing manual that HAS to be followed.

So congratulations Kyron. You just might have cost a hardworking teacher a job.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@WhatTheHey They don't ask you to change grades.  They aren't that stupid.  They make you do a pile of paperwork for every child who failed your class.  Then there are more meetings and constant patrolling of every move you make.  You might never get "in trouble" for XYZ, but they will call you in and make you explain your lesson plans, why you chose Assignment X, why you were absent yesterday--do you have a doctor's note even though you entered the absence as a personal business day?  And so on.

And at the end of the year?  Your contract will simply be "non-renewed" and you'll be out of a job.

Or you can just make sure that you don't "allow" more than 15% of your students to fail.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@bealotcoolerifyoudid Duh, obviously the kid A) knows this test does not benefit him, B) has the sense to tweet it to the TEA, and C) understands the concept of irony.

ohwOw
ohwOw

@bealotcoolerifyoudid 

Well, if that was the intention, it hasn't worked. These tests you hold so sacred are graded by $10 an hour day labor. Pearson puts a job posting on craigslist and every drunk in the county is invited to use a template to grade these tests. Content doesn't matter and in the past, neither did grammar or spelling.

Before you blow on matters you know nothing of, consider the fact that university professors across the country who have looked both at the product and process have declared these tests cash cows for Pearson and Kress and of little educational value.

But go ahead and teach kids to be totally compliant little creatures. Then they can grow up and work without complaints for Mike Miles and other bullies.

wicks8
wicks8

@PrestonHoller

The voting needs to be for the lawmakers in Austin. The district's hands are tied by laws. Public schools don't choose to give the tests.

bifftannen
bifftannen

@PrestonHoller Its because they are enriching their own pockets, there isn't any money left to go around. And you must live in a magical world if you think that private schools create all their own materials.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@PrestonHoller Private schools do not need the test because the people paying the bills, people paying tuition, decide with each check if their children are getting value. People with children in public do not have that control. They rely on the ones really paying the bills, the legislators. Consequently it is really the same thing. The people paying the bills make the rules. If you do not like it, use your own money.

As for this superstar, isn't against rules in every test that you cannot use a phone or take pictures of ANYTHING in the test area? Stop making it complicated. He is just one more wise guy in a parade of wise guys. He can join the other wise guys and get suspended. One wise guy out of 100 proves us wrong and will become billionaire or general or Nobel Laureate. The other 99 answer to the call Spill in Aisle 11 for their entire lives. Where do you think this avatar of excellence will go?

ohwOw
ohwOw

@wicks8 

The reason we are still bowing down to Kress and Pearson is because of mindless obedience.

If educators agree the whole process is pointless and they help continue the charade out of fear, they aren't really educators are they? 

"blatantly broke the rules." Yes, the reason we don't speak the King's English today is that our patriots actually thought for themselves.

It's time we Texans think for ourselves and stop this idiocy.

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

@wicks8 These tests are NOT "required".  Private school kids do NOT have to take the STAAR test.  This is simply a money making scheme testing vendors have come up with in order to soak public schools for a few million extra shekels.

ohpuhlease
ohpuhlease

@wicks8 

No moron, this won't cost a teacher a job.

It's time these kids get a grip on their actual control of this perversion. What costs teachers their jobs is sending half a billion to Pearson and Sandy Kress instead of paying educators.


manpanties
manpanties

@wicks8 BS.  this won't cost the teacher or the school anything.  

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@ohwOw @bealotcoolerifyoudid Awesome, you can tell me everything I know and don't know.  That must be an amazing power, but why are you wasting it on me?

Having taught middle school, I can see the point that the tests have little educational value.  I object more to spending one week every six seeks doing practice runs of the test in addition to a week of actual testing.  Seems like teaching the whole semester would be more beneficial than constant testing.

But you need to look at how things were before testing.  Schools can manipulate attendance records and passing rates for classes.  Schools cannot manipulate the tests so easily.  There needs to be some check. 

And don't worry a quick check of justmugshots.com will show that many of my former students did not grow up to be compliant little creatures. 

tejaspappa
tejaspappa

@wicks8 

Oh, but then Schutze will shun us for daring to speak out against Kress and Pearson. We are just trying to fail poor, minority kids if we don't use substandard tests.

And poor kids are allowed no electives. They are their parents are too stupid to make choices about what their kids' interests are.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@bifftannen @PrestonHoller Of course private schools buy curriculum and books.  Those are sort of a necessary part of school.

Pearson tests?  Private schools don't bother with them.  The student gets absolutely nothing for taking them.  

Only Pearson and anyone who gets campaign contributions from them wins with this testing craze.  Poor kids lose; rich kids are spared.

ohwOw
ohwOw

@MikeWestEast 

Gosh, darned, I thought my property and sales taxes were paying the bills. I didn't know Texas legislators wrote a personal check to Pearson.

As long as the public is still paying for public education, we can insult the process as much as we wish. This is America, isn't it? Or have we sold it to Pearson?

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

@MikeWestEast You say that people in public school "do not have that control" and rely on the "ones really paying the bills, the legislators."  You obviously don't get it.  Parents DO have the control.  They are the ones that "hire" school Boards by voting them in or out.  They "hire" the legislators by voting them in or out.  The problem is that most parents don't care enough to educate themselves on the issues and vote accordingly.  


PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

@GuitarPlayer @PrestonHoller First of all, bullying isn't the issue here.  Second, having gone to a public school myself and sent my children to private, I can safely say you are just plain wrong.  Third, search youtube for "school riots" and you'll see that a bullying is nothing compared to the melees in public school.  Fourth, I trust administrators in private schools to be a little more responsive to allegations of bullying than public school administrators.

wicks8
wicks8

@PrestonHoller @wicks8

These tests are required in every public school district in Texas. Private schools sound great for those that can afford them but does that mean that those that can't should just be left to suffer. I don't like the tests but he brought unneeded attention to the wrong thing, the school. The attention needs to be shifted to the people forcing schools to be evaluated by this test. And I promise you it's not the districts.

And remember, just because you are paying for private school doesn't always mean better teachers.

wicks8
wicks8

@ohpuhlease @wicks8 You're right. I'm a moron. What was I thinking. You must know since you are in education. Right? No? Didn't think so. Keep up the genius comments on things you really don't know about. It makes you seem smart...

By the way congratulating students for breaking rules and not doing assignments are part of the problem. The blame goes to the teacher and not looking at parent responsibility. Lets keep churning out drop outs! I'm pretty sure Texas is number 1!!!

wicks8
wicks8

@manpanties @wicks8 great name!

tejaspappa
tejaspappa

@DISDTeacher @bealotcoolerifyoudid @casiepierce 

Obama is 100% behind the empire of testing and puts his children in private school.

Kress gets an annual kickback and puts his kids in private school while he punishes public school kids.

It is the ultimate way to destroy public schools which are prohibited from giving kids real life consequences.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @casiepierce If he decided to take down the testing industry by starting a student movement, he could do it. 

I put him in the genius category, especially if he follows up with a nationwide protest against what is being done to poor kids.

tejaspappa
tejaspappa

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @ohwOw 

So our kids underachieve because NCLB requirements that every child succeed turns most into losers.

No real life consequences for no work. The principal is not allowed to have high failure and dropout rates.

Everyone is a winner and every child is a loser.

But according to Schutze, teachers are colluding to make sure kids can't read.

It sounds like Kress, who has never taught, set up systemic failure of public schools while he enrolled his kids in private school.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@ohwOw @bealotcoolerifyoudid I think grading and attendance manipulation is on a much larger scale and easier to do than with the testing.  I didn't need to check the news to see teachers passing students so they don't have to deal with the principal. 

ohwOw
ohwOw

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @ohwOw 

Hate to give you a big clue, but might want to check the national news this week. Look up Atlanta public schools. Try El Paso, closer to home.

While you are at it, might want to check attendance and grade scandals here in Dallas.

Testing constantly doesn't decrease fraud. It seems to have the opposite effect.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@scottindallas @DISDTeacher @bifftannen @PrestonHoller Go visit the labs in the Catholic private schools (generally the least expensive private schools) and get back to me on that.  They are far superior to what DISD has AND they actually buy chemicals and other consumables DISD can't seem to afford.

Townview Magnet has granite everything in the bathrooms; the art teacher at my school can't even get paint.  That's DISD.  

DISD blows millions on off-campus layers of bureaucrats and construction contracts and private schools do not.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@DISDTeacher @bifftannen @PrestonHoller  

private schools are actually working with tighter per child budgets than public schools.  PS's don't have to fund the school itself, lab materials and most else is superior in most public schools.  The few elites are of course superior, but those are really the exception (al)

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@bifftannen @DISDTeacher @PrestonHoller Listen, Biff--I just want my kids to get what private school kids get:  recess.  art.  field trips.  I know private schools aren't perfect, but Kress and Pearson  just shock me.

I'm glad you brought up TELPAS.  We lost several days of instruction so LEP kids could be pulled out to take TELPAS tests right before STAAR tests.  Most people don't know what TELPAS is.  The poor LEP kids get the shit beat out of them with tests and their parents don't know enough to put a stop to it.

Everyone hired to make the tests, grade the tests, analyze the data, supply tutoring for the kids who fail them, write test prep guides, sell test prep seminars...they all get rich.  The public school kids get nothing but day after day after day of practice bubbling and real bubbling.

It's barbaric.

And we teachers can't wait for these tests to become an online-testing vendor opportunity.  DISD can't manage to have us all on Gradespeed on the same day.  

bifftannen
bifftannen

@DISDTeacher @bifftannen @PrestonHoller I'm not defending Pearson. I maintain Pearson software, I know how bad it is. The state wants every student to take STAAR and TELPAS via TestNav, it simply won't work. On test days if you have a problem, you will wait a minimum of an hour on hold with Pearson support.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@wicks8 There's a whole lot of middle ground between letting them believe sports is the only way out and testing the crap out of them, threatening them with retention if they fail, knowing that without a threat they will bubble randomly and fail, replacing instruction with test prep, shackling them to a chair for 4 hours and making them take 15 EOCs to graduate.

My students are so talented they deserve more than test prep.  I don't believe testing kids is "supporting" them and I don't believe speaking out about what is really going on is a bad thing.

wicks8
wicks8

@thecardhasbeenplayed @wicks8

You act like this is a choice that we make. Trust me every one of my fellow teachers work extremely hard for their students. The hand dealt to us is rough but does that mean that these students don't deserve the best we, as teachers, can give them? Should we just let them believe that the only way for them to succeed is through sports? I've had students tell me that they can't wait to turn old enough to drop out because "school sucks". They don't need life skills because they have their street smarts. No. I have extremely talented and smart students that can do incredible but they just haven't had the support. I am not going to run away from them because the system is flawed. I don't have money for private school so yes my child would go to my school. And knowing the teachers there he would be in great hands.

thecardhasbeenplayed
thecardhasbeenplayed

@wicks8 

Would you want to attend your own school as a student? Does the day revolve around learning or threats about STAAR? Is there any time where kids are allowed to be kids? Is there anything there to interest them or is it all about the superintendent and his obsession with money and bonuses?

Would any of us want to go to these schools?

wicks8
wicks8

@DISDTeacher @tejaspappa @wicks8 the saddest thing here is that we all agree how ridiculous these tests are. The student has a good point and public schools are in trouble. Then many of the commenters today think that the schools and districts support the STAAR and TELPAS voluntarily. That it is the administration's morons that erred when they suspended the kid. I agree he has a great point and if he does start a movement I support it. But with how strict the test giving is, the teacher in the room that didn't successfully take up the phone and the school are in a very difficult situation. I haven't read any comments supporting STAAR. Just misguided blame. I don't teach for money or the stress. I want the very best for my students and do my best to motivate and inspire. Many students, however, are filled with such apathy that it truly makes daily teaching a battle. And that's a battle I willingly have gone through and will continue to go through.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@tejaspappa @DISDTeacher @wicks8 One year, the picture prompt for an elementary writing test showed animals at the beach in swimsuits.  One animal was holding a bottle of root beer.  My kids all thought it was a bottle of beer.  I remember that several had no idea what "root beer" even was.  And none of my kids had ever been to a beach, so writing a story about a day at the beach was sort of impossible for them.

Yeah, the tests are biased and poor kids fail them, get retained, have to go to tutoring until 5:30 pm while rich, white kids play outside and pass without even trying.

tejaspappa
tejaspappa

@DISDTeacher @wicks8 

A reading analysis of most standardized tests will clearly show the bias toward an upper income, anglo family in terms of success on the test.

Agreed--Pearson shits on our kids and it is intentional.

Billions are being sent away to the UK when we could use that money for our schools.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@wicks8 HIghland Park has to give the STAAR test, but since the kids in HP come into school above grade level (success in school/test scores are highly correlated to family income), HP doesn't have to beat the kids down with a year of test prep just to get them able to fail only slightly like teachers in DISD comprehensives do.

Also, if Pearson knows exactly how to word the tests so that higher-income kids pass while lower-income kids struggle.  Plus, there's no point in having high-income kids fail because even if they did, their parents would not allow charters or TFA to come in.

I have no problem with accountability; I like how the ITBS shows growth and identifies a student's actual level.  But these Pearson tests are simply used to justify charters, TFA, layer after layer of bureaucrats, etc.  All are taking money from public school kids by using made-up tests and worthless test "scores."

If private school kids can get into Harvard without STAAR tests, why treat DISD kids differently?  Who says DISD kids are failing or not learning or falling behind?  All they fail are the Pearson tests.  

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@wicks8 It wasn't quite a "stunt." A stunt would be a mindless piece of assholery. A stunt would be meaningless. 

This is different. This hit a target. Yeah, the kid caught hell and the school and teacher will probably catch hell. Heads will roll. In the meantime public attention once again is focused on the uselessness of The Tests, and in a way that thoughtful critics of the tests have never yet managed to pull off.

What if some bright kid, maybe even Kyron, put that picture on a t-shirt, started selling them to other kids? What of a couple kids wore them to school? Then a couple dozen? Then a couple hundred? Probably not gonna happen, but if it did, wouldn't that just bring down the house.? While us older folks who see the folly of rampant testification just bang our jaws, nod sagely to each other, what if the kids take this incident and run with it? It might even change things.

Someone asked, above, whether Kyron is likely to end up a billionaire or just another public school lout. Me, I'm netting billionaire.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@scottindallas @DISDTeacher @bealotcoolerifyoudid @wicks8 I'm not talking about homework.  I'm talking about classwork.  They can sit in a room and sleep all semester and then the teacher has to make up a Goldilocks packet (not too long, not too short, not too hard, not too easy) so the student can get course recovery.  

And that mandate comes from DISD admin, by the way-- the same people who wail loudly about how we need more "rigor" when the media is around but then tell teachers to pass all kids OR ELSE as soon as the media is gone.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@DISDTeacher @bealotcoolerifyoudid @wicks8 you should have one anyway.  Some kids learn but don't keep up with homework.  I guess you don't mind letting them by?  You shouldn't have such a packet, but every kid should turn in his homework too. 

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @wicks8 We are now being told to give a PACKET for "course recovery."  Absent all year?  Failed every single assignment?  Sit with the counselor and finish this handy little packet and you get course credit.  

You didn't learn a thing, of course, but that's not the point, is it?

wicks8
wicks8

@ohwOw @wicks8 sorry I just finished administering the STAAR. My point is simple. Education has been dumbed down for a number of years now. Students refuse to do work but we are not allowed to give a zero. They might feel like they can't pass. What responsibility does the teach these children? This test is a beating and it doesn't help anything but we are still required to give it. Now our state takes away money from education, overcrowded classrooms, cut teacher jobs, and still the failure of a child is the teacher's fault. Now a student pulls a stunt that gets him props from his peers and a number of people that haven't been in a classroom since they finished high school, meanwhile the state is going to do an investigation into that school and why the staff failed. Does that seem right?

wicks8
wicks8

@CraigT42

He was required to take it. You just said so. I don't believe these tests are good. And others are building up private schools, and kids are leaving public schools. All of this is true. The tests ARE the problem. But they are still required by law. And public schools have suffered because of these laws. The STAAR test is a nightmare for all. Not just the students but teachers too. We hate it. But the districts are forced to evaluate success in the classroom with this test and it ruins the whole foundation for learning.

But nonetheless, he was required to take it and by doing what he did he put the school in a very compromising position.

ohwOw
ohwOw

@wicks8 

The fastest way to increase the number of dropouts is to bore them to death. Constant, mindless testing is another way.

An obsession with making the numbers rather than educating kids is what drove the superintendent in El Paso and all his buddies straight to termination and prison.

By the way, we retired teachers know far more than you about the perversion of American education by Sandy Kress.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@wicks8

No you aren't a moron, but you do have a reading comprehension problem.

"He and any other Texas students who entered ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year are still evaluated on the TAKS test. They're still required to take the STAAR, but mainly so the state can get data they can use to tweak the test before it really matters. As Kyron points out in his exceptionally brief essay, the test doesn't benefit him."

The test didn't count, either for him or the school. He had no duty or responsibility to help the state tweak and/or evaluate another meaningless test , especially since he had a different meaningless test to prepare for that actually would be used to pretend to evaluate him and his school.

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